The jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing in the case of 20-year-old Slygo Jimmy Laughlin, who died after being attacked by a stranger with a bar at home.
The jury found that his death was due to a traumatic head injury as a result of the assault.
On February 24, 2018, Laughlin from Ballintogher was killed when Richard McLaughlin attacked him at Bar in a rented house on Connolly Street in Sligo.
In July 2019, the Central Criminal Court found that Mr. McLaughlin, 35, who has an address in Laughlins, Woodtown Lodge, Sligo, was acquitted because of the madness of Mr. Laughlin’s murder.
At the end of a two-day inquest at the Slygo Court on Tuesday, a jury recommends regular and ongoing inter-ministerial contact if a person diagnosed with a serious mental illness is discharged to the community. Did.
Coroner Eamon McGowan urged the jury to vote for tort, saying it was “not suitable for Jimmy Laughlin.”
Damien Tansey SC, who represents Loughlin’s family, said his only son had been overthrown in his apartment at the height of his life and experienced an “indescribable tragedy.”
The family was overwhelmed by this tragedy, but felt that they needed to get justice for their son. In a post-judgment story, he said he had some closures and information they had never had.
Paula Loughlin, Loughlin’s mother, said she had “Jimmy’s justice.”
Mr. Tansy points out that Mr. Laughlin did not know Mr. McLaughlin and had never met him “until the fateful day of February 24, 2018”, and until 2012 “murder of a stranger” was Mr. McLaughlin. Said it was reported by a psychiatrist who evaluated. And that has happened.
He told the jury that the Laughlin family had to go to the High Court to access Mr. McLaughlin’s medical records.
He said Mr McLaughlin killed the man “in the most horrifying and violent way” 20 years after his illness.
Tansy said HSE commissioned McLaughlin’s forensic assessment in 2012 and then “paid it for lip service.”
A jury of four men and three women told a consultant psychologist who reviewed McLaughlin in 2012 that he was at high risk of matride, suicide, and “stranger murder” due to paranoia. Was said to have found.
Dr. Paul O’Connell recommended that Mr. McLaughlin not live with his mother at discharge due to his mother’s risk, and that he be placed in a 24-hour monitored accommodation and go to the hospital every day.
That year, McLaughlin was commissioned to evaluate her after threatening her mother with a machete, tying her up with a dressing gown belt, and detaining her in the bedroom for more than two hours against her will.
A consultant’s judicial psychiatrist at the Central Mental Hospital recorded a report that a young man noticed schizophrenia and the patient started taking cannabis at 11 or 12 o’clock. McLaughlin admitted to using ecstasy and cocaine, but told the psychiatrist he gave them up a few years ago.
Sligo Leitrim Mental Health Services and HSE Luan O’Braonain SC said there are strict rules governing involuntary admission to mental hospitals under the Mental Health Act of 2001.
He said Tansy’s suggestion that McLaughlin could have been unknowingly detained on other occasions was to ignore the law, checks and balance before depriving people of their liberty.
The jury was told that Mr. McLaughin had been “disconnected” twice, and the local Gardai was very worried about the risks he would pose to his mother and others who were asked to be notified when he was discharged.
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/coroner-s-court/jury-returns-verdict-of-unlawful-killing-in-case-of-sligo-man-jimmy-loughlin-1.4874998?localLinksEnabled=false In the case of Sligo man Jimmy Laughlin, the jury returns a verdict of unlawful killings